How to use Apple Translate app on iPhone

How to use the Translate app on iPhone

For linguaphile travelers like myself, the Translate app on iPhone is always helpful. With the new iOS 16 update, the app has incorporated new features to make it easy to use. So, let’s examine how to use the Translate app on your iPhone.

Languages supported by Translate app on iPhone

  • Arabic 
  • Chinese
    (Mandarin–China mainland) 
  • Chinese
  • Duch 
  • English (UK) 
  • English (US) 
  • French (France) 
  • German (Germany) 
  • Indonesian 
  • Italian (Italy) 
  • Japanese 
  • Korean 
  • Polish 
  • Portuguese (Brazil) 
  • Russian 
  • Spanish (Spain) 
  • Thai 
  • Turkish 
  • Vietnamese 

How to translate text, voice, and conversations on iPhone

Before you start, make sure you’ve selected the languages you wish to translate, and that your internet connection is active.

Translate text or voice in Translate app

  1. Launch the Translate app on your iPhone.
  2. Choose two languages from the dropdown.
    Select your source language in the first tab and your target language in the second.
  3. Then Enter text. Alternatively, you may press the microphone button and talk. 
    • You can choose between full screen, favorite, dictionary, and play buttons. 
    • You may Enter text or tap the microphone button to convert more sentences.
    • Tap three dots and select Detect Language or Play Translations as per your needs.

       How to use the Translate app on iPhone in iOS 16 

Translate text with iPhone camera view

If you come across a hoarding or a menu written in a language you don’t understand, you can use the camera feature of the Translate app and get the desired results. Here’s how:

  1. Select the Camera tab in the Translate app.
  2. Click a photo of the text, and voila!

    How to use Camera feature on Translate app 

Note: You can also change the language from the dropdown above. Additionally, there’s an option to add an existing image on your iPhone to translate its text.

Use Conversation mode in Translate app

  1. Launch the Translate app → Conversation tab. 
  2. Tap the microphone to speak. 
    The app will translate the spoken word/sentence.

     How to use Conversation mode in iPhone Translate app 

Note: Tap the alignment icon at the bottom left to switch between Side by Side and Face to Face.

Here, you can also tap the three dots to choose between Detect Language, Auto Translate, and Play Translation. Auto Translate during a chat lets you translate without continually touching the microphone button. When you begin or finish speaking, your iPhone will recognize it automatically. 

How to use iPhone camera to translate text

  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone.
  2. Focus on the text you wish to translate and tap the live text button. 
  3. Tap > arrow to slide and select Translate

    How to translate text in the Camera app on iPhone

The translated languages are switchable. You also get options such as Play Translation, Copy Translation, Add to Favorites, and Open in Translator is also available. The text you have marked as a favorite may be checked at any time in the Favorites tab. 

Translate text in images on iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app. 
  2. Choose the image with the text to be translated. 
  3. Tap and hold to select the text you wish to translate. 
  4. Tap Translate

    How to quickly translate text in a photo in iOS 16 

Use Siri to translate conveniently on iPhone

  1. Invoke Siri by saying, “Hey Siri.” 
  2. Say Translate (something you want to translate) to (language you want to translate)

    How to use Siri to translate conveniently 

Siri card opens the Translate app when you tap it. You may also tell Siri to translate this for me.

Turn on offline mode for Translate app on iPhone

Be sure that you have enabled On-Device Mode to use offline mode. To do so, launch SettingsTranslate → toggle on On-Device Mode. Now, let’s see how to download languages on the app.

  1. Launch the Settings app. 
  2. Scroll down to Translate
  3. Tap Downloaded Languages
  4. Hit the download button in front of the languages you need offline. 

    How to use the Translate app offline 

Note: Make sure to download two languages, one that is your native and the other that you intend to translate. 

Remove a language by swiping right to left in the Available Offline section → tap Delete


Q. How do I get Safari to automatically translate a page? 

Go to the website you wish to translate in the Safari browser on your Mac. The Translate button appears in the Smart Search area if the website can be translated. Select a language by clicking the Translate button.

Winding Up… 

I really hope that my explanation has helped you comprehend and learn more about the Translate app. If you want me to cover more such apps, please let me know in the comments. 

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